High Fives: Starting Pitchers

Each Monday during the 2012 regular season, the Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain positions in fantasy baseball. This week, Brandon Funston, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on starting pitchers. Topics include starter objects of affection and derision, and players to target for both the shallow- and deep-league crowds.

Top 5 starting pitchers you are loving right now?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Jason Hammel – From my neck of the woods; Top 10 fastball in terms of velocity and value.
  2. Adam Wainwright
  3. Brandon Beachy
  4. Vance Worley
  5. Ian Kennedy
  1. Yu Darvish – Skyward K/9 continues to march northward. Quality starts rolling in.
  2. Jason Hammel
  3. Jake Peavy
  4. Brandon Morrow
  5. Chris Capuano
  1. Jake Peavy – Another spectacular rebuild from pitching coach Don Cooper.
  2. Lance Lynn
  3. Anibal Sanchez
  4. Madison Bumgarner
  5. Jason Hammel
Top 5 starting pitchers you are hating right now?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Josh Beckett – Fastball velocity (91.4) below 93 mph for first time in career, and it shows.
  2. Max Scherzer
  3. Ubaldo Jimenez
  4. Jaime Garcia
  5. Barry Zito
  1. Francisco Liriano – The Devil wouldn’t even roster him. Bloated ratios and barely any run support.
  2. Josh Johnson
  3. Ubaldo Jimenez
  4. Clay Buchholz
  5. Chris Sale
  1. Clay Buchholz – Worst gopher problem since Bushwood 1980.
  2. Josh Johnson
  3. Tim Lincecum
  4. Ubaldo Jimenez
  5. Phil Hughes
Top 5 starting pitchers to target on the waiver wire?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Mike Minor – Buy on the Ks and the xFIP (3.63), not the unsightly ERA (5.97)
  2. Chris Capuano
  3. Jeff Samardzija
  4. Jonathon Niese
  5. Daniel Bard
  1. Chris Capuano – Punching out K/9 and looking viable away from Chavez Ravine (3.06 away ERA)
  2. Gavin Floyd
  3. Drew Smyly
  4. Trevor Cahill
  5. Ross Detwiler
  1. Chris Capuano – Knows how to get strikeouts despite ordinary stuff and velocity.
  2. Erik Bedard
  3. Jeff Samardzija
  4. Bartolo Colon
  5. Ross Detwiler
Top 5 starting pitchers to target on the wire for deep leaguers?
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. James McDonald – 2-0, 2.14 ERA, 14 H, 25 K in past 21 IP.
  2. Anthony Bass
  3. Danny Duffy
  4. Trevor Bauer
  5. Jeff Niemann
  1. James McDonald – Former top prospect in Dodgers organization putting it all together.
  2. Felipe Paulino
  3. Danny Duffy
  4. Joe Blanton
  5. Jake Arrieta
  1. Anthony Bass – Strikeout stuff, works in a big park.
  2. James McDonald
  3. Danny Duffy
  4. Henderson Alvarez
  5. Tim Stauffer
In honor of opening weekend record setter The Avengers, cast your favorite all-time (or present day) starters in the Avengers’ super hero roles.
Brandon Funston Says: Brad Evans Says: Scott Pianowski Says:
  1. Incredible Hulk: Roger Clemens – “Mike Piazza, don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”
  2. Thor: Tom Seaver
  3. Iron Man: Nolan Ryan
  4. Hawkeye: Greg Maddux
  5. Captain America: Curt Schilling
  1. Hawkeye: Greg Maddux – Guy could throw a golf ball though a garden hose from 60’6” away
  2. Thor: Sandy Koufax
  3. Captain America: John Smoltz
  4. Iron Man: Nolan Ryan
  5. Incredible Hulk: Randy Johnson
  1. Hawkeye: Bartolo Colon – His strike-throwing exhibition in Anaheim was one for the books.
  2. Incredible Hulk: Justin Verlander
  3. Captain America: Jamie Moyer
  4. Iron Man: CC Sabathia
  5. Thor: Gio Gonzalez